The adventure starts with a common question that always comes up …. Why do my feet hurt?
American author and journalist Christopher McDougall, otherwise known as el oso(the bear), goes out to seek the answer to his tragic and pathetic running skills in his notorious national bestseller, Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. By going on a wild goose chase into Mexico’s Copper Canons, he encounters the morbid Tarahumara running people. He not only answers this question by watching and learning from the Tarahumara’s closest acquaintance, Micha True(better known as the cadaverous white horse), but McDougall puts a guinea pig by putting the running techniques to the test. He races the greatest superathletes the world has never seen in the greatest ultra-run of all time.
Some of the ideas McDougal emphasizes had me thinking; running isn’t just about losing weight, competing,getting an umber tan, doing it because it’s required, etc. Running is suppose to bring people together, not tear them apart. One question that el oso stated was, how could running be fun if we all hate it? Remember what I said about the white horse running man? Caballo gives tips to el oso on how to run; “Don’t fight the trail… take what it gives you… think easy, light, smooth, and fast… make it effortless…”(111). I’ve put these lessons to the test myself and it surprised me that they actually work. Running before made me tire out too easily and I felt as if I wasn’t born to be a runner. Now, I run with a noticeable audacity that makes people look at me like I have two heads.even McDougall exclaimed to this wondrous revelation with a , “Wow!”(111). Furthermore, the “greatest race the world has never seen” in Urique, Mexico brought people like Scott, Barefoot Ted, Jen and Bonehead, McDougall,and of course, the Tarahumara, together. Again, speaking from experience from running the mile, don’t feel like I’m competing against anyone at all. I feel closer to my class and constantly support them all throuought the mile, even though I’m one of the slowest runners when everyone is running. It brings me closer to them in a way I can’t explain.
Thrilliing, unpridictable, partially ghastly and funny at the same time, I give this lofty piece of nonfiction masterpiece a full ultramarathon mile review out of five ultra miles for the many laugh out loud moments I had in my room in the middle of the night, in spite of my minor dimentia. Reading this book; I have not only changed my view on running in general, but also in my life. To anyone and everyone, read this book. I highly recommend it.